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Jaime Derringer

Jaime Derringer

Posted: January 12, 2011 01:55 PM

Hotels are "intrinsically pointless...just a shelter for people," says Philppe Starck but in his newest interior project, Paris hotel Le Royal Monceau, he has attempted to create a "home" rich with history, art, Parisian elegance.

Le Royal Monceau is just a short walk from the Arc de Triomphe and Parc Monceau. Opening August 1, 1928, this sophisticated hotel became a rendezvous place for artists, intellectuals, and celebrities from Ernest Hemingway, General Eisenhower and Ho Chi Minh to Michael Jackson, Madonna and Robert de Niro. After a bit of a lull, in 2008, the hotel closed down for renovations and got a much-needed breath of life. Re-opening in October 2010, Starck's reimagined interiors attempt to bring Parisian 1920s into the modern age with an exuberant and luxurious design, inviting one not to pass through, but to stay a while.

Le Royal Monceau Exterior and Lobby
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As you approach Le Royal Monceau, you're greeted by well-dressed doormen and the red carpet treatment -- literally. The main entrance brings you to Le Grande Salon, the main meeting area that consists of a long aisle with intimate seating areas and curiosities behind glass.

Photos by Philippe Garcia/LaSocieteAnonyme courtesy of Le Royal Monceau
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